After Exam Jam to fund scholarships


By Amelia Harper
Staff Writer

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Students looking for a way to decompress after exams need look no further than the fifth annual After Exam Jam Concert at 6 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Red Oak Baptist Family Life Center.

The After Exam Jam Concert is sponsored as a partnership between the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club at Nash Central High School and the local Youth Pastor’s Coalition. Tickets cost $5 in advance or $7 at the event.

The event will feature bands, dancers and solo singers from various churches in the Rocky Mount area. Local restaurants are donating food and drinks for the event so proceeds can go toward scholarships offered by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  

“We also have many other community sponsors who donate funds to the event so that we can offer refreshments as a part of the ticket price,” said Jessica Horne, who organizes the event on behalf of The Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club at Nash Central High School. “Because of this, all proceeds from ticket sales go directly to our organization and the scholarship accounts.”

The After Exam Jam is held annually as a fundraiser for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the college and camp scholarship programs the group sponsors. Other Fellowship of Christian Athlete groups in the surrounding area schools also have been given the opportunity to sell tickets to raise money for their own club members to receive scholarships for Fellowship of Christian Athlete camps.

“The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is the largest Christian sports organization and at Nash Central High School, we focus on developing fellowship together with other Christians and on serving Christ,” Horne said.

Horne said the group has been holding fundraisers to raise funds for scholarships for several years.

“Our college scholarship was started three years ago by a generous donation” Horne said.

Last year, Horne said the group awarded $1,000 in college scholarships and $400 in Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leadership Camp scholarships.

“Our leadership camp scholarship was started in memory of Coach Mike Caffey, who was instrumental in starting the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club at Nash Central High School and worked diligently in our community to promote the ideals of the club,” Horne said.

Horne said the annual After Exam Jam plays a big role in allowing the group to be able to offer these scholarships.

“We have grown our funds through various fundraisers in the past, and our After Exam Jam has become our biggest fundraiser for the past four years,” Horne said. “We hope it will be again this year.”

Horne said tickets are available through any Fellowship of Christian Athletes members or by contacting her or Heather Thompson at Nash Central High School. However, Horne said that anyone wishing to support the Fellowship of Christian Athletes scholarship program at any other school in the district should contact the sponsor at that school and purchase a ticket from them.

Horne urges students of all ages to participate in the event.

“This event is one of great fun and fellowship and is appropriate for all age groups,” Horne said.